If anyone is familiar with the Couch to 5k Running Program (from www.coolrunning.com), I'm interested to know if there's anything similar for cycling.
My goal is to bike to work. This is 12.5 miles each way with a bunch of modest hills. My longest ride so far was 12 miles last Tuesday. That went ok, although I averaged a whopping 11 mph! This morning I intended to do 12.5 miles but had to turn around after 2.5, for a total ride of 5 miles . My legs felt like lead pipes and now I am left with serious soreness. I realized I am no way ready to jump up to 125 miles a week of full-time bike commuting! I hadn't quite realized how poor my fitness level had gotten when a nasty case of both-feet plantar fascitis over most of 2007 sort of sidelined me from my old fitness routines.
I feel like I'm being a bit too ad-hoc about this. If I want to work up to my goal before the weather gets too cold I need to be a bit more systematic. So...is there a cycling version fo the Couch to 5k? Are there any good books on cycling training?